An article published in “The Astronomical Journal” describes a research on the Epsilon Eridani system (eps Eri) that shows similarities to the solar system. A team led by Kate Su of the University of Arizona used the SOFIA flying telescope to observe an asteroid belt and a disk of debris with some similarities to the Kuiper Belt.
An image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope of the galaxy NGC 5917 just published shows it on its own. This could be considered normal but this is a special case because it’s a galaxy known mainly for its interaction with a neighbor known as MCG-01-39-003. Those are interacting galaxies, an expression used when there are galaxies that affect each other with their mutual gravity. NGC 5917 and MCG-01-39-003 could end up merging.
An article published in the journal Nature Astronomy describes a research on the shape of the heliosphere, the “bubble” in which the solar wind density is greater than that of interstellar matter. A team led by Kostas Dialynas of the Academy of Athens used data collected by four space probes – Cassini, the two Voyagers and IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer) – to prove that the heliosphere has an approximately spherical shape and not extended with a tail as seemed much more likely.
An image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope portrays the irregular galaxy NGC 7250, along with the star TYC 3203-450-1, which is much closer and thus from the Earth looks much brighter than a whole galaxy. That star’s presence makes studying the galaxy more difficult because its light interferes with NGC 7250’s dimmer light, polluting the observations of an object that’s interesting because of its peculiar characteristics.
An article published in the journal Science Advances describes the detection of a protostar named HH 212 that is feeding on an accretion disk. A team led by Chin-Fei Lee of the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA, Taiwan) used the ALMA radio telescope to capture a moment of still little known phase of formation of stars and perhaps even of their planets.